Music and art have been vital parts of the Native American culture. Native Americans have been using art as a form of expression for thousands of years. Most of the Native American art consists of symbols of animals and people. These symbols were made from different materials such as rocks, feathers, cloth, clay and fabric. Native America comprised of several tribes, which were and are even today, famous for their own works of art. For instance, hand woven blankets are considered as an important feature of the Navajo tribe for which they are well known. Native Americans loved to carve different symbols of animals such as walruses, eagles and bears. Walruses were mostly carved out of whale's teeth whereas eagles and bears were carved out of rock. These various forms of Native American art are displayed in a number of Native American art galleries all over the U. S. and other places.
Native American art galleries feature the work of the most popular Native American artists who are highly skilled in designing art pieces reflecting their custom and ancestral roots. These art galleries mainly exhibit First Nations and Inuit art by displaying the work of artists such as Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig, to name a few. Woven baskets and totem poles are also the two main forms of Native American art that are found in most of the Native American art galleries. The woven baskets have very interesting tribal patterns making them beautiful pieces of art that can also be used to store fruits and vegetables. Totem poles have been regarded as symbols of the Native American heritage and play an important role in their art culture. These poles are huge wooden sculptures that represent generations of family members including the faces of people as well as animals. There are also various stone sculptures, jade carvings and Navajo jewelry found in these art galleries along with other beautiful crafts such as ceramics, masks, drums and carvings in cedar and whalebone.
Since Native American art also features Indian art and is considered extremely authentic, the majority of this art is not found in American art galleries or retail stores. They are found only in Native American art galleries, which specialize in showcasing Native American art.
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